How to Choose a Chandelier for Your Table

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How to Choose a Chandelier for Your Table

One of the best ways to turn a boring dining room into a drama-filled entertaining space is to add a large chandelier over your table. Not only will it give your room the proper light that you need for dining and entertaining, but chandeliers provide a beautiful focal point for your space. Whether you’re looking for a light fixture that is traditional, over-the-top, or even quite simple,  you’ll want to learn how to choose a chandelier that will work best for your space.

The most important thing you should focus on (other than style) is the size. Before you start shopping, measure the length of your dining room table – you’ll want to choose a chandelier with a width that measures one half of the length of the table.

Let this diagram help you learn how to choose the perfect chandelier for your space:

How to Choose a Chandelier for your Table


When you’re ready to hang your new light fixture, be sure the bottom of the chandelier hangs between 30 to 36 inches above your dining room table.

[The chandelier above is the Eurofase Kasper Collection 20-light 70 inch Hanging Chandelier.]

Tip: Another great way to add drama to your dining room is to put your chandelier on dimmers. That way you can control the ambiance lighting when you’re entertaining. You may need to talk to an electrician about putting your chandelier on dimmers if you aren’t comfortable working with your home’s electrical system. If you don’t have an electron that you’re comfortable with, learn more about our electrical services and have The Home Depot install your chandelier for you!

Be sure to shop all chandeliers online for product reviews, inspiration, and style ideas. Also, did you know that The Home Depot offers a wide variety of showroom style chandeliers which are available online, including crystal, glass, and even some as large as 45-light chandeliers! Browse our entire selection of chandeliers online.


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  1. Aide Sanchez says:

    My current fan/light fixture is off center (not exactly above my table), do we need to hire an electrician when we buy a new fixture to center it?? Sorry I’m clueless

    • Craig Allen says:

      Hi, Aide.

      Hanging a new fixture doesn’t generally require an electrician. It’s really just a matter of connecting to the pre-existing wires… a fairly simple DIY, or something just about any handyman/woman can handle. It sounds like you might need to cut a new hole in the ceiling to accommodate a new, bigger (?) fixture. Again, that’s not something that would require an electrician. But someone who can do general handy work, patching/painting drywall could do that.

      If you have a fixture that hangs from a chain, a very simple solution is merely to put a decorative ceiling hook in the spot where you want the fixture to hang, and just “swag” the chain over to the hook.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  2. Nancy renz says:

    I have a 54″ round table, I have purchased 2 drum chandeliers, one is 21.5″ and the other is 26.5″ – which is the best to use? Also the height should be 30-34 inches above the table, does this include the hanging crystals?


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  4. Kristin says:

    Will Home Depot install chandeliers (and dimmers) that are purchased there?

  5. Eliz says:

    That diagram does seem to show the chandelier as half the length, which makes sense to me.

    • Caroline Inge says:

      Hi Eliz,

      I just corrected this error — the width of the chandelier should be half of the length of the table!

      Thanks, Caroline

  6. Jim Longley says:

    From the diagram it appears that the chandelier is 1/2 the LENGTH of the table, rather than the width.

    • Caroline Inge says:

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention! The blogpost should have read, “Before you start shopping, measure the length of your dining room table – you’ll want to choose a chandelier with a width that measures one half of the length of the table.” I’m so sorry about the confusion.